Cartouche of Ambition
Enchantment — Aura
Enchant creature you control
When Cartouche of Ambition enters the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and lifelink
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Cartouche of Ambition Discussion
4 hours ago
Hey abby315 thanks for the feedback! I definitely like Authority of the Consuls here too. I completely forgot about it. I think Blessed Alliance would be ideal if I was to replace the Cartouche of Ambition. Declaration is great, but it may be too slow. The Cartouche of Ambition is there as an alternative way to trigger an Obelisk Spider as well when it enters the battlefield. It does seem a little low impact here though. There aren't enough creatures that are great to put it on in the list. I think the list also needs a couple Westvale Abbey Flips as a backup win-condition as well. Just my thoughts so far. I think I'm going to put it together on MTGO in the next few weeks and try it out. I'll keep you updated!
1 day ago
Also, I second using Ammit Eternal; that card is a house, especially in decks with plenty of removal.
1 day ago
I largely agree, Lay Bare the Heart gets rid of threats before they are played, while Trial of Ambition gets rid of a creature that has already been cast. It would be nice to have both in hand, but making room for both is a problem. With at least 2 Cartouche of Ambition in the deck, Trial of Ambition has the upper hand. Without the cartouches, Lay Bare the Heart is probably a better bet.
Making that change - thanks for the input.
2 days ago
I personally prefer Trial of Ambition and using Cartouche of Ambition to bounce it/them back. It takes more card slots in your deck and it's less effective against go wide decks since they can just sac a chump creature, but bouncing it back and the extra -1/-1 from the cartouche helps make snakes and scarabs. Keeping Grasp of Darkness is a good option against a go wide opponent. thoughts?
6 days ago
Authority of the Consuls is a much better Trespasser's Curse, even if it doesn't cost them a life. I would also put in some removal like Declaration in Stone or Blessed Alliance over Cartouche of Ambition. Auras aren't great. But I like the aristocrats/drain approach!
2 weeks ago
If you're playing standard, you probably don't want to be countering cards. Wizards has made sure counterspells in standard are pretty bad because they want the party environment to be fun, and most people hate having cards countered. As such, counterspells in standard are bad.
However, it sounds like a RB aggro deck could appeal to you. Powerful synergies, explosive plays, and hopefully a lot of interesting games. In particular, Cartouche of Ambition sounds like a card you would love. You should be able to get 4 at your local game shop for under 50
2 weeks ago
It's definitely been fun to build rapicho! Especially when my opponent raises an eyebrow at my trial or cartouche. The issue I found when swapping out a Cartouche of Ambition for a Cartouche of Zeal is that at turn 3-4 (this deck's mid-game) the haste is either irrelevant or the -1/-1 counter is too important. Once I have the HoD cards on hand I will give it a try though! Thanks for the perspective, there is always more to learn when navigating the blind eternities.